Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to Visit Gujarat Today

Ahmedabad: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be arriving in Ahmedabad this afternoon for a two-day visit to attend the annual summit between the two countries.

This is the fourth summit meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. Modi and Abe altogether met 10 times. This is the 12th edition of India-Japan annual summit. Prime Minister’s home State Gujarat is gearing up for welcoming Abe.

From the airport Abe will be taken on a roadshow. The 8-km route has been decked up to welcome the two leaders.
Modi and Abe will lay the foundation stone of the 508-km long Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

Once complete (scheduled in December 2023) the train which will have a top speed of 350 km per hour will reduce travel time between the two cities to around 2 hours from the existing 7 hours. The project is mostly on Japanese soft loan.

An agreement between the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Gujarat Maritime Board for developing the Alang shipbuilding yard, besides the establishment of two industrial parks, will be on the table during Abe’s visit.

According to Gujarat Chief Secretary, JN Singh, 15 Japanese companies are keen to invest in Gujarat and will be signing agreements with the State government.